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Source: Springfield Sun
Date: August 22, 2002
Byline: Joe Barron

Meeting Reveals New Inn Concerns

Springfield residents opposed to the relocation of the Black Horse Inn seized another opportunity to voice their objections

Tuesday at a meeting of the township planning commission.

In what was scheduled as a review of revised plans for the site from James MacAllister, architect for the Mendelson Family Trust, residents again raised questions about the effect the plans would have on drainage and traffic on Bysher Avenue.

They also threw a new bone into the Black Horse stew -- the whereabouts of the tavern's bar which was removed from the site earlier this month in what one resident described as a "covert operation." Planning commissioners questioned Seth Mendelson, a member of the Mendelson Family Trust, over the whereabouts of the bar and what was being done with it.

"It's gone," Mendelson said.

The Trust, which owns the Black Horse, is seeking the township's approval of plans to build a CVS Pharmacy and a liquor store on the site. Under an agreement between the trust and the township, the Black Horse would be moved to the back of the property and dedicated to the township.

Mendelson said that according to his understanding of the agreement, only the building would be dedicated to the township, and not its contents. He said to his knowledge the bar was being refinished, although he could not say where.

He also said that while he loved history, he did not believe the Black Horse bar had any historical significance.

"You can buy a bar like that anywhere," he said. "George Washington didn't drink there."

With only three members present, the planning commission lacked a quorum and took no formal action on MacAllister's revised blueprints for the site. Schaeffer invited MacAllister to return for its next meeting on

Sept. 3.